Study Groups & Events, 2017-2018


H.E.L.L.A. People’s On the Run is a grassroots organization collaboration between the Teachers 4 Social Justice and the People’s Education Movement to create opportunities for educators/organizers of color to heal collectively, network and build together. The acronym H.E.L.L.A. stands for Healing, Empowerment, Love, Liberation and Action, which are the guiding tenets of the H.E.L.L.A. Critical Affinity Group within T4SJ and People’s stands for the Bay Area chapter of the People’s Education Movement. Considering the structural barriers designed to keep people of color alienated, isolated and collectively disempowered within the realm of teaching and organizing [i.e. 83% of the teaching profession is White; Gentrification and the displacement of POC throughout the Bay Area, etc.] our hope is to build on our existing efforts of centering the needs, healing, strengths and individual/collective power of POC in our organizing spaces.

Every 2nd Saturday beginning in October 2017 and ending in May 2018, participants who sign up will meet at the white pillars at Lake Merritt. At 9 am we will begin with stretching, affirmations and Assata Shakur’s chant. At 9:15 am folks will choose one of the following groups to join:

A)  Mindful Meditation/Yoga Squad *please bring a yoga mat

B) Walking Squad

C) Jogging Squad

D) Roll Squad

E) Running Squad

Please come wearing all black attire, bring water and revolutionary loving/healing energy to exchange with other educators and organizers of color! #HELLAPeoplesOnTheRun

R&R: Reading and Reflection

T4SJ hosts a series of one night discussions. Come to one, come to a couple, or become a regular. We’ll have dinner, drinks and time to talk. Discussion will be based on a scholarly or timely article concerning social justice or critical pedagogy. Though the article will be available beforehand, we’ll have a short chance to read and a longer opportunity to talk as we construct deeper insights and connections to our work.  People of color encouraged to attend.

New folks always welcomed. TO RSVP click on the date

Time and date: Thursdays, 6-8pm, 11/9, 12/14, 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/12,
Location: SF’s Mission District —  (you must RSVP  for each date you plan to attend to receive a  location)


T4SJ East Bay Radical Reading Group- 2017-18 – RSVP

November 2017-May 2018

This T4SJ study group will be focused on building community and engaging in critical scholarship.  We will follow monthly themes and hold short, complex texts in conversation in order to push our own analysis and understanding of social justice and education.  Examples of themes include trauma and healing, challenging deficit thinking and decolonial education.

Our intention is to build a community that prioritizes the needs and perspectives of people of color.  We welcome community-based educators, classroom teachers and organizers to join us.  Meetings will be held in a group member’s home in Albany, the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm.  For more information or to apply, email Facilitator Andrew.

This Radical Reading Group meets  Wednesdays @6:30pm-8:30pm : 11/6, 12/6, 1/3, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4 and 5/2.

Writing Group 2017-18  RSVP

This writing group will be for educators who want to write and need the space to write.  We will meet every 3-4 weeks staring in November.  Writers can write curriculum, articles, their own YA novel, or whatever they are holding.  We will spend the first hour writing and the second hour sharing using a protocol. 

This group meets: Tuesdays @5:30: 11/14, 12/5, 1/9, 1/30, 2/20, 3/13, 4/24, 5/15

Book Club – (SF)2017-18-  Enrollment is Full- (but you can still read along with us! Here is our book list and schedule for 2017-2018

Nov 2:  Shooting Kabul by NH Senzai — Realistic Fiction middle school

Dec 7:  Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism  by Temple Grandin — Nonfiction Adult

Jan 4:  The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon — YA realistic fiction

Feb 1:  Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward — Memoir-Adult

Mar 1:  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas — Fiction (YA)

Apr 5:  Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson — NF-Adult

May 3:  Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older — YA fantasy

Teachers in this group will use literature and the discussions of this literature as a basis for rethinking their actions in the classroom. Teachers will alternate reading Young Adult fiction and scholarly non-fiction. We will gather to hold a structured discussion using a protocol that allows every voice to be heard and every topic or question a participant brings to be examined. As an educator book club, we’ll make what could be difficult to do solo engaging, collaborative, reflective and fun.  Space is limited, people of color encouraged to apply.